The West Chester Story Slam is a monthly event where anyone can get on stage and tell a five minute story based on the theme of the night. Inspired by urban story slams such as the Windy City Story Slam and Philadelphia’s First Person Arts Story Slam, along with The Moth and NPR’s This American Life, a few friends first met in Jim Breslin‘s living room to tell stories in November, 2009.
In January, 2010, the West Chester Story Slam officially debuted at Ryan’s Pub. After two seasons at Ryan’s, the Story Slam moved to Victory Brewing Co. in Downingtown for one year. In 2013, the Story Slam returned to the borough, with events being held at Side Bar. Over the first five years, approximately 550 stories, some touching and others hilarious, have been told in front of rousing audiences. In addition to the live event, the YouTube channel features videos of selected stories. A monthly podcast is also produced featuring selected stories from the live event and is available through iTunes.
For the 2015 season, the West Chester Story Slam live events will take place at Side Bar & Restaurant, which is located in the borough of West Chester. Come on out to listen or to tell your story! Also – check out our sister events, Delco Story Slam, which debuted in 2013 and Lancaster Story Slam, which debuts in January 2015.
Jim Breslin is the founder of the West Chester Story Slam, which debuted in 2010. Since the first event, over 550 stories have been told to live audiences in local bars. Stories are posted on the West Chester Story Slam YouTube channel and selected stories are featured on the monthly West Chester Story Slam podcast. In 2014, the anthology West Chester Story Slam: Selected Stories 2010-2014 was published. Jim is also the author of Shoplandia, a novel inspired by his 17 years at QVC, and his Oermead Press has published five books to date. Learn more about Jim at jimbreslin.com and his publishing project Oermead Press.
Mikey Gleason has been the host of the West Chester Story Slam and the Delco Story Slam. He is a writer, director, and standup comedian. Born and raised in Delaware, Mikey attended NYU’s prestigious film school. His work has appeared at film festivals, on websites, and on television, most notably Current TV. Mikey Gleason can be seen monthly as a writer/performer on The Monthly Hour, a live sketch comedy show in Philly based on the month’s biggest news stories. He also is the co-host of the web show “A Couple of Idiots Live!! from Delaware.” Check out MichaelGleason.net.
Larry Geiger, creative director, is an artist, graphic designer, book cover designer, and a self-described “font geek.” He developed his business, technology and marketing chops over 20 years as a print and digital creative. Check out Larry’s portfolio at Larry Geiger Design.